Donald Shelton of My 600-lb Life did not have an easy time getting rid of all his excess weight. By the time he was 34 years old, he had weighed an astounding 675 pounds, and he was already beginning to show problems in mobility. Knowing the risks that he was taking on his health, Donald buckled up and lost enough weight to qualify for a gastric bypass surgery. This was back in 2004.
Since undergoing the high-risk operation, Donald has continued his battle against morbid obesity. After losing an impressive 300 pounds after getting the gastric sleeve, he encountered a huge setback. Donald had an accident, and his mobility problems began to escalate. Things then started to get worse until he was forced to check in a hospital. Not long after, he slipped into a coma, and it almost seemed like he would not make it, according to a report from the Huffington Post.
His coma shook the composure of his close family members, especially after doctors ultimately diagnosed Donald with Guillain-Barre syndrome, an illness that attacks his central nervous system. People who are affected by the disorder encounter numerous difficulties, such as problems in mobility. In extreme cases, the illness could also lead to paralysis and death.
Donald eventually managed to get out of his coma, recovering to the point where doctors actually allowed him to go home. Thanks to a physical therapist, he was able to get back some mobility, though his weight still fluctuated from time to time.
During the course of his featured episodes, viewers and avid fans of My 600-lb Life witnessed Donald lose as much as 400 pounds. At the same time, however, viewers and fans of the hit reality TV show also saw how Donald gained back 100 pounds in the span of one year, thanks to his mother feeding him junk food.
Since he was featured on the show, Donald has kept a low social media profile. While he kept an official Facebook page, his updates have always been quite sporadic, with a couple of status updates and the occasional photo being uploaded from time to time.
As could be seen in the images that Donald uploaded over the past few months, it appears that he is still confined to his wheelchair. This is to be expected for someone who is ill with Guillain-Barre syndrome, however, since the disease specifically attacks the central nervous system.
Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Donald’s weight appears to have normalized after all these years. Needless to say, Donald looks pretty great now, and while he has not revealed his current weight in the social media platform, his followers and avid viewers of the TLC reality series are speculating that the My 600-lb Life star is probably in the 200-lb range already.
If there is anything that his followers have noted in his last two photo uploads, it is that Donald seems to be a lot healthier now. His complexion is a lot more vibrant, and he just looks happier overall. For someone who came close to kicking the bucket years ago, his condition today is a testament to how far he has gone since his My 600-lb Life days.
Donald is still a few steps away from his goal of being healthy and mobile at the same time. While it would still take time before he could achieve this, the progress that he has made so far proves that despite being wheelchair-bound, the My 600-lb Life star has managed to take his life back from morbid obesity, and he continues to do so until the present day.
[Featured Image by TLC]